UK Athletic Program Funding New Science Building

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 1/10/2013 11:44 pm

The University of Kentucky Athletics Department will help fund two-thirds of a new academic science building on campus.

UK President Eli Capilouto said this is a first for the university and maybe even the commonwealth.

“We're taking one important step closer to doing something few, if any, athletics programs would even contemplate,” said Capilouto.

Capilouto said the athletic department has always been supportive of the university, but this is the first time they will be contributing to building an academic building.

“We’ve always been supportive of the academic program that is not new,” Mitch Barnhart, UK Athletic Director, said. “I think people have got to remember that... that this not new to us. And we want to continue to be supportive, and this is another way for us to do that.”

The Athletic Department will contribute $65 million toward the $100 million project.

The university states that most of that funding comes from UK Football games, which makes more than any other sport at UK. Administration said the football program makes twice as much as the basketball program.

It’s also rare for an athletic program even make enough money to contribute to academics. According to the NCAA, only 12 percent of college athletic programs are profitable.

Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
Police: Man Breaks Into Home To Take Shower
A man is accused of breaking into a Lexington home just to take a hot shower.
Harlan ER doctor suspended by Kentucky board
A Knoxville, Tennessee, doctor practicing at Harlan Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital has had his license suspended by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.
Police: Man Robbed Lexington Walmart Pharmacy For Drugs
Lexington Police said that a man wanted drugs when he held up a Walmart Pharmacy.
Fiery Crash Closes Stretch Of I-75 In Laurel County
A section of I-75 north of Corbin was closed for a time Friday evening following a fiery crash involving a Fed-Ex tractor trailer, according to State Police. Investigators said the driver had minor injuries.
SUV Flips On I-75 Entrance Ramp In Lexington
Investigators said a driver was taken to the hospital Friday night after he flipped his SUV in Lexington.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.